During the celebration of Arduino Day in Berkeley, Massimo Banzi announced several important news items to the Maker community. Starting today the new MKR1000 is in their stores and available for purchase. Arduino has also opened two web platforms, one focused on project sharing and the other on a new approach to IoT. Massimo Banzi, together with Tom Igoe and David Mellis, made some announcements during the presentation at the official Arduino Day event in Berkeley (USA):
• Arduino MKR1000 and Genuino MKR1000 are now available in stores at the price of 34,99$/30,99€ (+VAT). MKR1000 is a powerful board which combines the functionality of the Zero and the WiFi Shield. It has been conceived […]
Our new book, Beaglebone Black Cookbook, is finally published!
Written for inventors, makers, and budding engineers, the book contains over 60 easy-to-succeed recipes for making cool things with the Beaglebone Black, the popular Linux microcomputer.
With dozens of how-tos, the book kicks off with basic steps for setting up and running the BeagleBone Black for the first time, from connecting the necessary hardware and using the command line with Linux commands to installing new software and controlling your system remotely. Following these recipes, more advanced examples take you through scripting, debugging, and working with software source files, eventually working with the Linux kernel.
Subsequently, you will learn how to exploit the board’s real-time functions, the Programmable Real-time Units, or PRUs. Next, we look at methods for using sound and video with the system before marching forward into an exploration of recipes for building Internet of Things projects. Finally, the book finishes with a dramatic arc into outer space, when you explore ways to build projects for tracking and monitoring satellites.
Hooray for Curb, the Austin-based startup focused on NOT just another home automation device.
Whereas Nest, et. al., aspire to be house overlords controlling everything from HVAC to fridge to security, Curb stays above the standards race by just targeting the circuit breaker in your house.
Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home — whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
Using a Freescale i.Mx28 processor, might we do a little hacking to see how they do it? At the very least, CEO Erik Norwood tells us that API sharing is part of their model:
There’s a few companies out there trying to do everything themselves, which conceptually might make sense. What we’re going to find is the most effective solutions are from companies that are focused on doing one thing extremely well, then opening up their system through an API and working with other companies in a very direct and valuable manner.
LittleBits just can’t get a break.
Another player in the magnetically modular make-it-child-makeable electronics building kit launches on Kickstarter. Although more compelling in its open sourcey-ness than littleBits, Microduino’s mCookie design — from the magnetic joints to the color scheming — shouts lawsuit from the littleBits IP attorneys. Hard to say if they’ll survive into a version 2 release even though I want one for my toddler.
Geez, guys, couldn’t you be a little less blatant in that color palette?
If there’s one trend that is continuing to evolve throughout the Maker Movement, it’s modularity. DIYers are constantly seeking expedited and efficient ways to piece together their projects, all while bringing their ideas to life without the hassles of soldering and wiring messes.
from Open Electronics
Now previewing with developers, Amazon’s new IOT device for voice-controlling common tasks and apps from weather, music, news, search, and even dimming the lights looks intriguing, slick, and powerful.
Before they take them down, be sure to grab the cut-away pictures of Echo to make your own open-source knock-offs. 😉
Femto-ize it! There’s no gender bias with the Femtoduino; it’s just a really small Arduino Leonardo clone.
Ho-hum, another clone you say? Not so. The Femtoduino packs on board Bluetooth (BLE), accelerometer, altimeter and a USB port into a 34.54 mm (1.36 inches) wide PCB. At USD $75.00 a pop, it’s obviously more than the price of an Arduino. Or any super-powered MPU, for that matter. But with this kind of form factor, there’s no excuse for big ugly prototypes.